Once upon a time, I never wanted to look sexy. Call it girl’s school reverse syndrome. Without the presence of the male sex, it never occurred to want to look attractive in that way for guys nor did the want of empowerment come to want to look sexy for oneself. Also, to put it bluntly sexy is never usually on a Chinese’s girl’s agenda – case in point – an exposed bra strap in HK can incur tuts and frowns from the older generation.
Of course, I’m not 16 anymore and even if I’m still not fully comfortable with the s word, I enjoy exploring the subtleties of the word, the other side of it that doesn’t start with stiletto heels and end with cut away lycra dresses a la Girls Aloud. There are plenty of designers that do that quite successfully. Bot KOS and I are fans of two designer acronyms…JPB and EMD. Just guess. The test is in the wearing and knowing the clothes by Jean Pierre Braganza and Emilio de la Morena via personal wear means the nuances of the s word can be explored to greater depths. E.g. Trying on Jean Pierre Braganza’s leather jacket was so liberating that I felt I could almost go out in nothing but a unitard underneath due to the power of the jacket. I still look at the polaroid of me wearing Emilio de la Morena’s dress for the Gucci party and wonder if that was actually me and more recently, his black quilted jacket, though voluminous also elevated a different side in me and illicited commetns from your good selves saying that I looked better uncluttered.
If Jean Pierre Braganza has created the outrightly sexy dress for S/S 09 that I’d want to wear if I was in a deluded stated that my legs went on for miles (sometimes…just sometimes… I do get THAT deluded…) and that actually, I could use my lack of cleavage to my advantage and just run around with jagged cut-outs that exposed and concealed in very determined and specfic ways, then Emilio de la Morena has again explored a different kind of sexy. His S/S 09 collection is undoubtedly more sexed up but in a way that is still true to his style and as he always explores a sculptor each season, this season it was Eduardo Paolozzi. The dresses were tighter with folds and drapes that was a continuation from previous seasons. It was the tighter ones that really impressed me just because on the runway they looked "tight as a drum" – as in perfectly taut, yet looking like they might have some give. The structure of the strips with the poppers only helped that tautness.
(Photos by Mauro Cocilio)
When I went to the showroom in Paris, it came to me that these dresses was that everyday sort of sexy. The sort of sexy that is unassuming and just creeps up onto you slowly and doesn’t bite your head off. I might pair them with flats and a looser sheer jacket (the perfect Junya Watanabe sheer navy blazer came up at the Notting Hill Retro Clothing exchange…I’m tempted…).
Oh well… I may not be able to fully grapple the word but at least there are some designers that can help me along. There isn’t an Early Learning Centre of Sexy Attire but I’m willing to do some self-teach with the help of some good designer acronyms of course.